Like many other small towns in North Central Florida, Archer‘s size and its make up has changed over the years. In the 1840s to the 1850s, it was known as Deer Hammock and then Darden’s Hammock. David Levy Yulee, who owned a plantation in the area, changed its name to Archer, in honor of a friend, James T. Archer, the former Secretary of State of Florida, who was a close friend.
From the City of Archer’s website:
“According to Rance Braley’s book Nineteenth Century Archer (available for purchase at the depot), by 1844, Archer had nine general stores, a sawmill, three saloons, a hotel, and many other businesses. In the mid 1890′s, Henry Plant built a rail line through Archer to Tampa.”
David Levy Yulee was born in 1810 and went on to become an attorney, a territorial delegate to Congress, the first Jewish member of the United States Senate, a member of the Confederate Congress during the American civil War and the founder of the Florida Railroad Company. The city of Archer celebrates Yulee Railroad Days in his honor.
I attended this year’s Yulee Railroad Days and came away with a few photos to share.
One of the exhibits inside Archer’s Railroad Museum.